Archive October 2014

Public Lecture @ ETH: Eric Mazur, Harvard

Eric Mazur: “Assessment – The Silent Killer of Learning”

Thursday, Nov. 27th 2014,

3pm – 5.30 pm, HG F 30 (Main Building, Audimax)

According to ETH Zurich’s Gender Action Plan (GAP), varying interests and
approaches of women and men in learning and teaching should be given
more attention. This lecture aims at making us more aware of such differences
and helps us to make ETH’s education more attractive and effective.
Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts
succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices
are inauthentic. Just as the lecture focuses on the delivery of information to
students, so does assessment often focus on having students regurgitate that
same information back to the instructor. Consequently, assessment fails to focus
on the skills that are relevant in life in the 21st century. Assessment has been
called the «hidden curriculum» as it is an important driver of students’ study
habits. Unless we rethink our approach to assessment, it will be very difficult to
produce a meaningful change in education.


3.00 pm Welcome Coffee
3.30 pm Welcome speech Prof. Sarah Springman
3.40 pm Talk by Prof. E. Mazur, Harvard University
4.30 pm Panel Discussion «Assessment and Gender Stereotypes»
5.00 pm Questions and Answers
5.30 pm Apéro Riche
For details please see: Flyer_Mazur Assessment and Gender_Broschure (PDF)

SIG University Teaching Education – Kick off meeting

We are happy to announce that next 31st October at 9:00 held the kick off meeting of the new SFDN-SIG University Teaching Education will be held.  A group of SFDN members interested in this topic will meet in Zurich to set the basis of the SIG, discuss and define its goals and activities.

If you are interested in joining this meeting or need any information don’t hesitate to contact Vania Guerra (, you can also post your comments or suggestions here.